Sep 17, 2014

San Francisco puts earthquake warning signs on buildings

The city of San Francisco stepped up the pressure on property owners who fail to comply with seismic retrofitting regulations this week, posting large red-and-white warning signs on the buildings to make the violations public. The move comes just weeks after Northern California was ...

88 bodies from 3/11 remain unidentified 3½ years on

Sep 11, 2014

88 bodies from 3/11 remain unidentified 3½ years on

Three and a half years after 3/11, signs of the disasters are still visible, and the bodies of 88 victims in the three hardest-hit prefectures remain unidentified. Police and other authorities continue to search for the missing, while many survivors remain stuck in temporary ...

Sep 1, 2014

Strong earthquake aftershock shakes Napa Valley

A significant aftershock from last weekend’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled Northern California’s wine country. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-3.2 tremor struck 5 miles (8 km) south of the city of Napa just before 2 a.m. Sunday. Thomas Brocher, director of USGS’ Earthquake ...

Aug 31, 2014

In California quake, wine barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Napa Valley’s seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton ...